Trace the footsteps of the pilgrims of Mt. Fuji

Unique Experience

Tomomi Y.

5.00(39) reviews
Mount Fuji
English
5 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 4 people

Mt. Fuji is known worldwide as a mountain brimming with natural beauty. Besides this, Mt. Fuji is also a sacred mountain that has been revered and admired since ancient times. It is the symbolic object of nature worship which has taken root in Japan.This tour gives you a great opportunity to feel the essence of Mt. Fuji worship by tracing the footsteps of its pilgrims.    

Itinerary

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Meeting Point

Mt. Fuji station (Fujisan station)

Mt. Fuji station (Fujisan station)

- Meet at Mt. Fuji station

- [Mt. Fuji worship] Its origin dates back to the ancient times when Mt. Fuji erupted furiously. People at that time did believe that fierce eruptions were caused by the anger of the deity of Mt. Fuji. Since then, Mt. Fuji has been worshipped as a sacred mountain.

- This tour features three key places deeply linked to Mt. Fuji worship.

The Oshi district

- The district used to be prosperous as the gateway of Pilgrimage to Mt. Fuji

- Stroll through the district and visit the museum and the shrine designated as the cultural assets of Mt. Fuji World Cultural Heritage

Former House of the Togawa Family (Museum featuring Mt. Fuji worship)

- This lodging has a history of 250 years and used to offer accommodations to Mt. Fuji pilgrims. The owner, who also worked as a Shinto priest, preached the teachings of Mt. Fuji worship to pilgrims who came there.

Lunch at Japanese-style restaurant

- Enjoy the local specialty: Yoshida Udon Noodles

Their firm and chewy texture may surprise you!

Kitaguhi Hongu Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine

- The shrine in the dense woods has the history of over 1900 years. Dedicated to the deity of Mt. Fuji, it used to be the gateway to Mt. Fuji pilgrimage. Pilgrims visited there to purify themselves and pray for their safe pilgrimage to Mt. Fuji. The 1000-year-old sacred trees and the magnificent buildings in Shinto-style architecture have created the solemn and serene atmosphere.

- Take a taxi for Funatsu Lava Tree Molds

*Taxi fare is included in the tour charge. (Approximately 15-minute traveling)

Funatsu Lava Tree Molds

- This spot used to be a sacred place for Mt. Fuji pilgrims. The lava tree molds resemble the interior of a human body. The deepest part, especially, looks like a “Mother womb”. Mt. Fuji Pilgrims, having entered there, wished for a symbolic rebirth.

- Enter the lava tree molds and stroll through the woods nearby. The forest is quite distinctive in that it has grown on the lava-covered ground. It would be a great opportunity for you to be exposed to beautiful nature created by Mt. Fuji.

Mt. Fuji station (Fujisan station)

- Go back to Mt. Fuji station by taxi

*Taxi fare is included in the tour charge. (Approximately 20-minute traveling)

Ending Point

Mt. Fuji station (Fujisan station)

What to Expect

Mt. Fuji worship - Its origin dates back to the ancient times when Mt. Fuji erupted furiously. People at that time did believe that fierce eruptions were caused by the anger of the deity of Mt. Fuji. Since then, Mt. Fuji has been worshipped as a sacred mountain.

This tour features three key places deeply linked to Mt. Fuji worship.

1) Former House of the Togawa Family (Museum featuring Mt. Fuji worship) – This lodging has a history of 250 years and used to offer accommodations to Mt. Fuji pilgrims. The owner, who also worked as a Shinto priest, preached the teachings of Mt. Fuji worship to pilgrims who came there.

2) Kitaguhi Hongu Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine – This shrine was regarded as one of the most important bases of Mt. Fuji worship. Pilgrims visited it to purify themselves and pray for their safe pilgrimage to Mt. Fuji.

3) Funatsu Lava Tree Molds – This spot used to be a sacred place for Mt. Fuji pilgrims. The lava tree molds resemble the interior of a human body. The deepest part, especially, looks like a “Mother womb”. Mt. Fuji Pilgrims, having entered there, wished for a symbolic rebirth.

You enter the lava tree molds and stroll through the woods nearby. The forest is quite distinctive in that it has grown on the lava-covered ground. It would be a great opportunity for you to be exposed to beautiful nature created by Mt. Fuji.

【Itinerary】

① Meet at Mt. Fuji station and Stroll through the Oshi district

*There used to be 86 lodgings for Mt. Fuji Pilgrims along the street. Some relics related to Mt. Fuji worship still remain there.

② Visit “Former House of the Togawa Family” (The entrance fee is included in the tour charge.)

③ Have lunch (Yosida Udon noodles)

*Yosida Udon noodles are famous for their firm and chewy texture. They are worth trying!

④ Visit “Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine”

⑤ Take a taxi for Funatsu Lava Tree Molds

*Taxi fare is included in the tour charge. (Approximately 15-minute ride)

⑥ Visit “Funatsu Lava Tree Molds” (The entrance fee is included in the tour charge.)

*Enter Funatsu Lava Tree Molds which are a complex of lava caves.

You might experience a symbolic rebirth there as Mt. Fuji Pilgrims did in those days.

*Enjoy strolling in the nearby forest for half an hour.

⑦ Go back to Mt. Fuji station by taxi

*Taxi fare is included in the tour charge. (Approximately 20-minute ride)

*You can enjoy a nice walk all the way up to Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen-jinja Shrine. Former House of the Togawa Family and the Japanese restaurant are located on the way.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, Taxi fare: About 6,000jpy and admission fees

What‘s not included

Lunch

Important Information

The expenses for the guide’s transportation and lunch are to be charged to you. Thank you for your understanding

The tour is not available on Mondays and Tuesdays.

* As some parts of the lava tree molds are narrow and rough, those who have Claustrophobia should not enter. People with their back or knees problems will not be able to enter the deepest part called “Mother's womb”.

* Wear comfortable shoes for a walk. Sneakers would be preferable especially for a forest hike and a cave-exploring.

* Highway bus service between Tokyo (Shinjuku) and Mt. Fuji Station is available. A booking for round-trip tickets is highly recommended in advance as highway bus tickets for Tokyo (Shinjuku) are booked up quickly.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Reviews

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Giovanny M.

Mar 25, 2020

Great tour with Tomomi

The one day tour around the Aokigahara Forest (including the Wind and Ice cave) was amazing. The beauty of the place is unique. Regarding Tomomi, she was such a nice and helpful. All the explanations provided by Tomomi during the tour made the experience really interesting and wonderful. Highly recommend. Tomomi, thank you for the tour!

Jose A.

Jan 31, 2020

Awesome trip to Aokigahara!

Tomomi was great! Our trip to the Aokigahara Forest, Wind cave, and Ice cave was pure magic! She explained us a lot of details about those places who give us the necessary insight to fully understand the traditions and customs of the zone. Our trip consisted ona trip arround the caves arround the Jukai, then some hiking into the forrest and at the end we visited the Saiko Lake. She is a very kind person with lot of patiance to share all the knowledge that she has with the people arround her. Kudos to Tomomi!

Tomomi Y.

Thank you so much for your great review. It was a great pleasure for me to share part of your precious time with you, and I just felt happy that you guys chose Japan for your honeymoon. The cool and crisp air spread over the forest was so refreshing that we could recharge ourselves. Hope you will come visit the forest again in the season of fresh greenery which is the best time to explore there. Thank you very much for giving me a lot of happiness!

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Hina F.

Jan 16, 2020

Beautiful day in Lake Kawaguchiko with extremely kind and gentle Tomomi

This is a review from our visit in late Nov. 2019. We were traveling with our 2 young kids (3&6 y/o). Even though the weather that day was not very cooperative, and we could not see Mt. Fuji but just having spent time with Tomomi was enough for us. She was very considerate and kind with us and our children. She is extremely honest and when we changed some timing of the tour to reduce time in cold with kids, she was very meticulous in making sure that we get out refund for that time. Thank you Tomomi. We highly recommend her to anyone visiting Mt. Fuji area.

Tomomi Y.

Thank you for your warm words which are really encouraging. I’m very pleased to have shown you around the Mt. Fuji area full of the beautiful autumn colors. It was a lot of fun my chatting with your little kids. They were so friendly and adorable that I miss them now. Hope your family photos with the colorful leaves in the background remind you of the memories you had during the tour. Thank you very much again for hiring me. You all were pleasures to be with!

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Catherine E.

Dec 26, 2019

Excellent guide, so nice and knowledgeable

Tomomi is just great. She’s not only perfectly knowledgable - she was born and raised in the region - but she is just the nicest person we ever met. Very flexible, very interesting, she’s a pleasure to be around. We were so happy to hire her, she took us to wonderful sites and we had the best day. Plus her English is perfect. Highly recommend her.

Tomomi Y.

Thank you for your great review! When I met you at the hotel lobby. I felt like we were close friends as we’d got to know well each other by exchanging the messages. The time we were together was short, but enough to have the deep understanding of mutual culture and way of thinking derived from the different backgrounds. I was quite impressed with your son’s enthusiasm to learn the things about Japan! Hope he’ll come back to Japan for the further learning. I’m just happy to have accompanied you as your guide on the perfect day to appreciate Mt. Fuji. Arigato-Gozaimashita!

$105/ per person

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